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Doing the “write” thing…

I probably have already addressed this situation enough as it is, but I wouldn’t feel like I was complete or that was it resolved without writing my specific peace on it. So. Here I am. Unscrewing the top of my head and pouring out the contents of my heart and soul.

For those that don’t know, I posted something a couple days ago that suggested women who have been victims of rape or sexual assault share their stories for others to see, IF they felt “brave” enough. My intent was to not only highlight the problem, but also put faces to the problem. For the most part, the status moved along just fine and people shared their stories or chose not to share, which was also fine. And truthfully, from the mouths of the women themselves, the post REALLY did shed some light for many – including myself.

But then the bullshit began to happen

Apparently, someone felt that my phrasing of the post or the use of the word “bravery” or the fact that I even posted it at all was completely wrong, therefore, they called me out on it directly in the post.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a little checking – but when you start making assumptions and saying shit like I’m “pretending to be shocked” and that I’m “demanding women prove themselves” – I’m going to get pissed off. And I responded exactly how I would respond to anyone who would come at me hostile: I told them about themselves then booted their ass off the post.

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When she says, “Me Too.”

 

My timeline has been flooded with a heart-stopping reality.

Since I’ve begun engaging with Facebook and social media in general, women have made up a large percentage of my followers. Knowing this, it makes sense that as I scroll through Twitter and Facebook, the #MeToo hashtag is simply everywhere I seem to focus my eyes. At the time same time, it also saddens the fuck out of me.

What have we done to our women?

For those that don’t know, the latest trending hashtag, #MeToo, is about women that have been raped and/or sexually assaulted. In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sex scandal, sexual assault against women has AGAIN come to the forefront (not that it’s ever really left). And despite how many Bill Cosbys or R Kellys or Harvey Weinstein scandals that surface, the fact remains that not much has been done when it comes to protecting the women of our world. I mean, look at who we have as President of the United States.

The saying goes that a man will treat you like he treats his mother. Of course, there’s an exception to every rule, but one has to really wonder how men are REALLY treating their moms if this many “Me Too” statuses are on my timeline?

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Black with a capital “B”

 

I’m not a Grammar Nazi. I used to be. I used to talk big shit about how people incorrectly used language and punctuation, but all it did was make me look like a steaming pile of English shit because 1) I’m not perfect at it my damn self and 2) as long as communication is achieved then the whereabouts of your periods and commas and colons are not important.

These days though, I think that as long you understand what the general rules are and can apply them, then you are free to bend them at will. In fact, some famous person was quoted as saying just that, but my brain fails me on remembering who said it. So fuck it, I’m gonna take credit for now. Boom.

Anyway.

Technically.  The “B” in Black people should be lower case according to the rules of language and other fun shit.

The reason being is because “black” is a description. Afterall, you wouldn’t capitalize “big” or “tall” or “rich” or any other adjective. Those super dope capital letters are reserved for proper nouns: names of specific people and things and places and organizations. And race typically wouldn’t qualify. For that reason, the “w” in “white” remains lower case. For white people, it IS just a description. “White” is just a color of skin.

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Stop Treating Black Business Like A Plan B

 

Sometimes, I log-in to Facebook JUST to see what everyone is mad about. It’s like a daily occurrence. Someone or something pisses off one person and that person shares the incident…leading others to share it…and next thing you know you got a new thing to be outraged about. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a great way to stay high off of rage: the new emotional crack rock for 2017.

This week’s object of rage is Dove. And while looking at the entirety of the commercial, I have concluded that people are once again reaching for something that isn’t quite there. It’s gotten to a point where people are comparing ads that are literally from 100 years ago to contemporary advertisements. Though I’m not writing to argue the rightness or wrongness of Dove, I gotta say that these proofs you all are pulling are circumstantial as fuck. In the end, all I can wonder is if white people are as upset about the white girl changing into a person of color as Black people are?

And since the screenshots and gifs that are circulating are only showing a portion of the ad, it becomes very clear that the original people who have pounced on this moment of outrage are only interested in making gains off of people’s anger and realize that capitalizing off of that requires them to omit much-needed context. It makes people like this no better than the MFers that chop and butcher news stories on Fox News to serve their agendas.

I just wish people could see through this kind of shit.

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Make America Aiight Again

Waking up to CNN notifications that 50+ were killed and over 200 injured (now well over 500) was a mindfuck if I ever had one.  It may be politically incorrect for me to call this man crazy, but I don’t know how else to describe a motherfucker shooting at random people from 32 stories in the air regardless of what his grievance was.

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Thank You, Hugh…

The original Playboy has died. Hugh Hefner. This pretty much guarantees I’m going to see well-intended jokes about sexuality and nudity and all kinds of perverted shit flooding my social media timelines for the remainder of the day.

But I’d be hugely remiss in the legacy of Hugh if I didn’t defend and acknowledge and educate the masses that do not know how important and impactful this man was to civil rights, journalism, and sexuality.

He did more than give you material to jerk off to.

During a time when it was common for married couples to sleep in separate beds on some ol’ “Leave It To Beaver” shit, Hugh Hefner decided it was time to go on a quest to remove the demonization that had become attached to sex.

He never hid the fact that Playboy was a magazine created for a certain lifestyle of men. He does insist, however, that the sexual revolution that his magazine inspired was much more important for women. For the first time – perhaps ever – women could now control and own their sex positivity just as much as men did.

But what will probably bother me the most over the news cycle covering his death is the negative connotations that will be attributed to Hugh. He’ll be called simply a perverted old man that slept with young women and got rich off of the nude female body. Yet the sexual freedom that we see today on television and the internet and even in person was sparked by that very first magazine he published.

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Simon Says Boycott

From the very beginning, I thought boycotting the NFL was pointless. I still do. And I plan to tune in to watch the Chicago Bears get their asses kicked all over the field by whichever team they just so happen to be playing on any given Sunday.

The fact of the matter is that boycotts are not meant to be moral victories – and this season’s “boycott” has certainly been nothing more than a social media fad that has done little to change the culture in the NFL. And that’s cool. If boycotting makes you feel better as a person, then do that shit. But at least understand that there won’t be any major result that comes from it – and that’s the cold ass truth.

The moral victory aspect isn’t the only reason I haven’t partaken, however. There’s also the fact that it would just be inconsistent as fuck of me to do so. The NBA has had pretty much the same problems as the NFL: domestic violence, drug use, murder, etc – including a player that didn’t acknowledge the National Anthem and got blacklisted because of it (Look up Mahoud Abdul-Rauf) . Of course, the NBA has a much smaller player base than the NFL, so the news isn’t as prominent – but the point is hoop stars are doing the same shit. And nobody has said shit about boycotting basketball.

That because for some reason, people think NBA players are more apt to make political statements. And fuck – I wonder why?

Do basketball players have more courage than football players? Is it a DNA issue? Is it the rules of the games?

I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it’s because NBA players can afford to make bold ass statements – literally.

Not only do NBA players make more money than NFL players on average, but they also have guaranteed contracts. Therefore, hoop stars can make bold political statements because they won’t lose pay over it. Not to mention the NBA players union is far more powerful than the NFL players union…but that’s what happens when the revolving door in the NFL is about 3 years per player and 5 years for NBA players. I mean, think about it, people with longer tenures at your company are gonna give a fuck about the long-term effects of the job more than people that are coming and going. Am I wrong?

I say all this to say that: if the NBA players were paid like NFL players, they’d be just as hush hush about the issues in our society. So stop calling one league braver than the other – it’s such bullshit. It’s easy to say what someone else should do at their place of employment when what’s at stake doesn’t affect you.

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The Death of the Bandera

Imagine your entire maternal side of your family being completely wiped the fuck out by giant, screaming, fire-breathing sea turtle by the name of Maria.

I know. The shit sounds like some fucking overblown scene out of a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles trilogy and a dash of Game of Thrones mythology. But for the two hours or so that I did sleep last night, that dream was the dream that kept replaying in my head over and over and over like a scratched up DVD playing in a player some crackhead sold me at a bargain.

After waking up from my 3rd or 4th watching of Maria, The Fire Breathing Sea Bitch, I turned on the television to The Weather Channel for an update on the exact location of the Wicked Witch of the Caribbean. A part of me prayed to God, the Fat Boys, and anyone else you can think of that this monster of a hurricane would suddenly two-step its way away from the little island of my ancestry, but instead – it continued to Cupid Shuffle up toward an eventual landfall as the worst hurricane to hit the island since the Great Fucking Depression.

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The Thing Titties and Happiness Have In Common

I am uberly proud to proclaim I reached an epiphany. It was an important realization as I continue my arduous journey through life before I hopefully age gracefully and ultimately kick the big bucket in the sky and become maggot food.

It’s important because it will now allow me to look at things from a much different perspective as I continue to experience the above-stated arduous journey. I liken it to seeing sideboob instead of seeing full-on cleavage. I bring this up mostly because I promised myself I would make as many references to titties in this blog. But I also bring it up because it’s a great analogy as well, it just gives you a whole new way to enjoy a titty.

Titties and life. See the connection I’m making?

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Contrary To Popular Belief

I’m a damn good writer. Really. I am. I don’t normally toot my own horn. I typically let the followers of my work hop on my dick and whisper sweet nothings about how awesome I am in my ear. But for the sake of this writing, I gotta claim my shit – and damn it, I am skilled as fuck at what I do.

Honk, honk!

Despite the fact that I am talented when it comes to this writing shit, I tend to think my ceiling is limited on how far I can take this thing. It’s not that I don’t think I am talented enough to reach the level of success I’d like to be at – which I envision as a loaded bank account and an endless supply of titties. It’s just that a lot of opportunity stems from who you know in the industry. And quite frankly, I tend to make enemies as quickly as I make friends. Sad – but true.

You see, since I started writing for serious, I have met a lot of people with varying levels of pluggedness in the writing game. Some people have been big time stars in their own right commanding armies of ass-kissers and potential blowjobs. And some have been people new to the game looking to locate the next talented MFer that they can ride to the top like some circus dolphin named Bonkers.

For some of these people, I was that circus dolphin.

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Why I Hate Punk Ass Spiders

So. You probably often see my commentary about those eight-legged fuckers called spiders. And people have naturally wondered how I came to loathe the creatures to the point of wanting to set fire to property I own just to kill them.

Well, you don’t have to wonder anymore, I decided to go ahead and sit you all down around the virtual campfire also known as my blogsite and tell you a quick little story of how Uncle Zay became mentally scarred by the existence of these little bastards. So check it.

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Money Mayweather Does NOT Represent Me

 

In 2002, Floyd Mayweather Jr. smashed the jaw of his daughter’s mother with a car door, then shoved her inside. Mayweather, a professional athlete, boxer no less, landed several hard ass punches to her face. For his bitchassness, Floyd was convicted of two counts of domestic violence. He got slapped on the wrist and told to never do it again only to absolutely do it again in Vegas.

A year later, in a club in Sin City, Floyd Mayweather threw hands with two women after he promised to never do it again and was later convicted of two counts of battery. At this point, it appears Floyd loved fighting sooooo much that he did it outside the ring…against women.

He’s so dedicated to the craft!

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Why Men Send D*ck Pics

 

I’m a dick pic retiree.

Yes. It’s true.

It’s been a long time since I’ve sent my kong dong through your local love lady’s ethernet. This is mostly because I’m nice & settled now and it’s typically frowned upon to send other women your dick in that situation. But it’s also because my dick simply takes up too much memory when you save the photo.

Think gigabytes. *straight face*

That’s right. I’m working with a gawd damn monster here. Hell, after I take a piss, I gotta put my dick up like an extension cord. I just wrap that MFer around my elbow and arm a couple times then stuff it back into my boxers. No big deal. All routine.

But that’s all beside the point. The reason you are even reading this is because you are probably curious as to why men send their dick to women’s inboxes in the first damn place. For the life of you, you can’t understand why a man would out of the blue send his penis to you for you to analyze and critique and most likely make fun of with your ratchet circle of friends while yall do the THOT laugh (You know, it’s when you stick your tongue out while you laugh).

If he only knew that you screenshotted his weiner, shared it via group conversation with your homegirls, and chuckled at the size of it as you all took turns sharing all the miniature things bigger than his dick like fun-sized Butterfingers, microwaved Vienna sausages, and your abnormally long middle toe – he never would have sent his shriveled up, powderless Cheeto in the first fucking place.

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Are We Fighting For The Same Thing?

 

May this be the realest shit I ever wrote…for now. And though it will be painful and ache in the joints of my fingers and thumbs as I attempt to transcribe my every thought from my heart to my head to this very blog post, I’ll write it anyway because it must be written.

You see, I’ve wondered for a little while now if we’re all fighting for the same thing? As the war rages and the news media enumerate the casualties, the reflection of what’s been lost has lead to the discussion of strategy and dialogues that only fan the anger.

Outrage is the new drug in 2017.

It’s the quick pick me up. The high from being low. One cannot be at peace with who or where they are in the world without having something to be outraged to about. That is now apparent.

The truth is I’ve always known the answer to the question above. I alway knew if we were or were not fighting for the same damn thing. But it wasn’t until recent events when all I suspected became reality.

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The Greatest Lyricist Alive Is From Detroit

See any lies? I don’t. Even if you don’t agree with my choice, chances are you still agree with the title. That’s because the shit is true. The greatest lyricist breathing air and bleeding red is from the Motor City. And it’s not who you think it is.

You see, I come from the Boom Bap era.

And in that era, Rap was all about lyricism. It was the era of backpackers. It was the era of ciphers. At any given moment in any given place, a freestyle session could go down. And not a session where you read off your phone (phones weren’t even around then), I’m talking real sessions where the verses were actually made up the second they flew out of your mouth.

Rap, in its essence…is lyricism.

So knowing all of this, you can appreciate that I’m not going to ramble off names like Jay-Z or Drake or Kendrick Lamar or anyone else with a ridiculously large commercial following that can generate enormous sales numbers and therefore skew a truthful perspective on their actual skills. Not that they aren’t great lyricists, but hey, let’s be real: they’re not the greatest – and it’s not even close.

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Vic Mensa: The Autobiography

I had high expectations going into the listening of this album. I mean, let me be real – Vic’s song “New Bae” is one of my jams! So pressing play and riding through the playlist I expected an album stock full of the singy songy New Bae-type shit that got me intrigued in the first place.

Instead, I got something totally different.

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Meek Mill: Wins & Losses

First things first, Meek Mill still rhymes like he writes in all caps lock. That’s just his flow. And while I personally can only listen to that kind of delivery in small doses, there are times when I feel a bit amped when I hear it. I must admit.

The next thing is: where was this Meek Mill at when Drake was dragging his all over the playground?

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NAV & Metro Boomin: Perfect Timing

Metro Boomin is one of the hottest producers out right now, but not even Metro could cover up the massive mediocrity that oozes from NAV’s verses.

I mean, where do I start?

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Tyler, The Creator: Flower Boy

There are two questions I ask before I conclude if an album is five mics worthy or not:

1) Can I just press play?  Meaning, can I put the record into motion and let it play through without wanting to skip ahead of a misplaced track that has no business being on the playlist to begin with and…

2) Does it push the culture forward? Or does the album carbon copy previous successful records for the sole purpose of recreating the revenue stream of an original work?

At Hearing Every Rhyme, the answer to both of the above questions must be a resounding yes to be even considered a five mic joint. And I truly believe that Tyler, The Creator’s newest project Flower Boy is that kind of album.

Yep. You damn right.

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Tyler, The Creator Coming Out Means Hip Hop For Another 400 Years

Tyler, The Creator is one of this generation’s new creative geniuses.  He isn’t so much vested in the traditional Rap limelight of money, champagne, and sex as he is focused on keeping the creative flame lit. The creator is simply here to create.

Which is why he is the future of our culture.

Odd Future if you let him tell it.

And being that future, it’s important that he and many other of the new kids on the block lead Hip Hop from a genuine perspective. That’s why his coming out is so important. It means Hip Hop culture as we know it will continue to exist for another 400 years.

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Ralo & Gucci Mane: Ralo LaFlare

Gucci Mane has become one of my guilty pleasures when it comes to Rap. All it takes is a little liquor in my system and some Gucci playing in the background and I’m bouncing around the damn house like some sort of trap chicken selling drugs in his head.

Therefore, it goes without saying that I was really looking forward to giving this album some listens and writing a review on it in hopes of giving it as many mics as I could. But unfortunately, my ears wouldn’t let me give out very many.

Here comes the sad face.

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Is the Statue of Liberty invited to the cookout?

Patriotism isn’t binary. It isn’t this blissful feeling that is an experience of complete blindness to flaws, history, and present-day wrong doings of our fellow Americans. Patriotism is about love of country. And love of country is recognizing the ugliness in your country and wanting to fix the hell outta that shit.

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Jay-Z: 4:44

No ID is pretty much the man that taught Kanye West everything Kanye knows about music production. In fact, consider No ID to be Kanye’s musical daddy that picks little Kanye up every other weekend and buys him J’s whenever little Kanye needs some new joints to rock to school.

That is their relationship. Kinda.

That’s why it’s no surprise that 4:44 sounds very much like some sort of Spotify playlist of unreleased tracks that didn’t quite make the cut of The Blueprint.

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DJ Khaled: Grateful

Since DJ Khaled’s son was born, Khaled has been notorious on social media for showering his son with love and attention in the form of traditional Hip Hop cultural fanfare and to be totally honest: it all has been quite dope…in an excessive, “Ok now, dude, time to chill TF out” kinda way. As a father myself, I can certainly relate to the feeling you have when you’re a new dad. And through those eyes, I can give a pass to DJ Khaled’s extraness with his son.

The fact of the matter is he’s simply thrilled.

Khaled is so thrilled about his new boy, he even gave his young son credit as an “Executive Producer” on his album Grateful. While most people might have assumed like I did that such credit was purely symbolic, I soon found out that Khaled actually employed his son’s infant influence in decisions on musical creativity.

Interesting.

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Vince Staples: Big Fish Theory

I won’t tell any lies: I expected a totally different album when I first sat down and prepared myself to listen to Vince Staples’ latest contribution to the Hip Hop world: Big Fish Theory

I expected him to pick up where he left off on Summertime ’06. I expected a generous helping of that West Coast gangsta flava I usually turn to when I get into my California Thuglife moods. I expected hard ass music with dreamy instrumentals to ride through Los Santos on Grand Theft Auto to and initiate grandiose police chases with (I usually just run down pedestrians until the entire video game’s police force is chasing my evil ass).

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Leave Bruno Mars Alone

Guys. Bruno Mars is not appropriating Black music.

Ever since he put on a helluva show for the BET Awards, I’ve been seeing whiny little posts up and down my Facebook timeline about his lack of Blackness and ridiculous assorted accusations of him appropriating R&B and Hip Hop.

I hate people.

I don’t know why it took an astronomical hatred of a talented entertainer for it to happen, but “Appropriate” has now officially joined the list of most overused words in the history of ever. It’s listed right under “woke” and “low-key.” Anway, as a refresher for those that have seemed to have forgotten what it means, “to appropriate” basically means to steal something. And I’m sorry, but Bruno Mars hasn’t stole  a gawd damn thing.

You cannot appropriate your personal experience, folks.

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White People’s Contributions To The World – Vol. 1: Jesus Sandals

Here we are. In June. The beginning of summer. The weather is warming. The daisy dukes are coming out of the closets of women everywhere. The sundresses are causing accidents in the streets as men glare at the booty print of a woman’s rotund ass pressing against the cloth. And one of White people’s greatest contributions to the world will make its yearly appearance in 7Elevens everywhere. That contribution is…

… Jesus Sandals.

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We Could Never Feel His Pain

We lost a Hip Hop legend yesterday when Prodigy of Mobb Deep succumbed to what I assume was his long battle with Sickle Cell Anemia.

The loss was sobering.

Sobering in a sense that all unexpected deaths tend to remind us of our own mortality and the limited earthly time we’re working with, but also sobering in the sense of showing the Hip Hop world how serious Sickle Cell Anemia really, really is.

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Why He Falls Down

Well. Here I am. As promised. I’m back to wreak havoc through brutally honest commentary on current events & random shit while armed with common sense logic and a bunch of other self-righteous tools of intellect.

Fucking beware.

Initially, I was supposed to focus on my other blog baby, HearingEveryRhyme.com, mostly because that particular baby was backed by $$$$$ – and $$$$$ money talks. But apparently, ya boy is extremely popular in the op-ed space, so years and years worth of followers begged for me to make a return and fill their lives with an infinite number of raunchy jokes and references to smashing hypothetical old ladies that I meet on the commuter train.

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Dear America, We Didn’t Do It For You

 

Back in 2001, I was 22 years old with a two year old daughter that meant the world to me. Also in 2001, I was something called “Broke as all damn fuck.” You may have heard of it.

Now, when I say broke, I mean so broke that my daughter and I lived together with her mom in the musty ass basement of my mom’s split-level house in Harvey, Illinois. So broke, we used to BBQ every day because the gas was cut off in the house and we had no other way to cook. Hell, I was sooo broke, I was stealing cable from someone else who was stealing cable too. Looking back at it all now, I laugh my ass off because it was so pathetic, but it really sucked as we were going through it.

I remember was making a grand total of $150 a week minus Uncle Sam’s bite outta my ass. $50 of that went toward my mom to half ass pay bills with, which left me with $100 to get by on for the rest of the week. Some of that was used to stock the kitchen with Ramen Noodles, rice, and dinky ass chicken wings. Some was used as gas money to get to my shitty part-time job at UPS where I handled packages for chump change. I eventually was fortunate enough to get a second job doing gawd knows what, but even with that extra bit of money, it wasn’t enough to support my little family. That’s when 9/11 happened.

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The Tale of Tu Pacs

It was the Spring of 1997.

A few minutes before, I had just got into it with my old man (RIP) during a conversation we had on a payphone. After almost 18 years of dealing with my father’s bullshit and bullying, I finally stood up for myself. I finally told him to f**k off – in so many words. And right there, still dressed so fresh and so clean in my crispy prom tux, I took off in the silvery late model Cadillac that was rented especially for that occasion with Me Against The World playing as loud as I could turn the volume knob.

At that point, Pac had been rockin’ wit’ Deathrow for at least two years, but there was no way I could see myself riding in rebellion to All Eyez On Me or The Don Killumanati.  And not because either of these records were bad records, but because these records, in my humblest of humble opinions, felt like forced music that was a result of Pac’s relationship with Deathrow Records and the street shit that came along with it.

I don’t know if it’s because Pac was angry from all the years of shit he had been subjected to up to that point – or if Tupac felt that he owed Deathrow in loyalty in exchange for them rescuing him from the annals of prison life – but one has to acknowledge that there was a big ass shift in the personality of Pac.

It’s like Paranoia sank in. From what? Who knows?

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Hip Hop is Alive and Well

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I keep seeing that Hip Hop is dead.

How?

Where?

I guess a lot of this so-called near death experience can be blamed on the popularity of Mumble Rappers, but the idea that Hip Hop is dead or even dying couldn’t be further from the truth. This fear is merely old school heads who are used to listening to Boom Bap and the fact that they’ve started to freak out at the thought that Hip Hop culture and music has evolved to new spaces beyond a simple kick & snare.

The truth is Hip Hop is more alive than it has ever been. And we can thank the evolution of the elements for this new breath of life.

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Purple Reign: The Day Prince Died Without Our Permission

Maybe I’m just living…and dying, for that matter, in the moment. Maybe I feel like this because the current situation is so fucking unexpected. Maybe it’s just, quite frankly, true. But I don’t regret it. I mean it. I mean every muthafuckin’ syllable. Prince is king. Always will be.

Show me one man that could wear your woman’s clothes…then steal her ass from you without missing even one note in “Purple Rain”?

What dude would have grown ass, perfectly heterosexual men throwing their boxers onto the stage at his concerts like groupies with goatees and face tatts?

Who else would beat your ass at a game of basketball, then hook you up the tastiest fucking buttery flapjacks this side of the Milky Way?

Nobody.

The only man that could do that died at only 57 years old one year ago today. Which makes me so damn angry because he’s left us about 177 years sooner than I could have ever expected.

Prince wasn’t supposed to age. He wasn’t supposed to die. Like seriously, what in the fuck? Doesn’t Heaven have enough angels already? Why him? Why then?

I guess that’s why they say God works in mysterious ways…even if it means taking from us mysterious people that never belonged to us in the first place.

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The Official Unofficial Underrated Kanye West Playlist

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A Word on the Intentions of Kendrick Lamar

There are two kinds of bloggers in this world. There are the ones that write you warm and fuzzy shit that makes you feel like the gooey filling inside a toasted pop tart simply because they want to keep their followership happy (bitchassness if you ask me). And then there’s MFers like me – the ones that don’t give a floating fuck about your approval of their op-eds (you’re probably going to hate this one too as a matter of fact – but again, fuck you).

I write what I truly feel. And in the end, it has won me a lot of loyal supporters…and it has also lost me a lot of followers as well. Personally, I don’t give a fuck if one person remained subscribed to my blog – the fact is I cannot consciously write something that I don’t feel in my heart to be true – and so thus you have the tons brilliant shit I be writin’ to you all’s asses every other day. And today here comes another one for that ass.

And I’ll admit, the latest controversy has got me more in my feels than usual. Typically, I go on my rants on Facebook or Twitter…and then I cool off and go back to munching on Flammin’ Hots and watching amateur porn at my desk during work hours. But today, I felt like I need to use all of my writing superpowers to touch on something that definitely could use my two cents since everyone feels the need to pitch their pennies too.

The thing is Kendrick Lamar has become a trending topic. Which isn’t unusual – he puts out dope music and people are going to talk about it. However, this time around, K-Dot is trending negatively. And if you didn’t know any better, you would think he slaughtered a family of babies the way folks are talking about him at this very moment. But nawl – his crime against society? Expressing his personal preference for women with natural bodies.

Here’s what he said:

I’m so fuckin’ and tired of the Photoshop

Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor

Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks

Still will take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks!”

And yo, I’m with him, so add me to your list of people to hate. I’m not a fan of surgically created asses and titties. I like all natural women. Even if the woman isn’t curvy, I still find myself more attracted to women with unaltered bodies. It’s no different than preferring food that is natural and not all processed because it’s going to make you sick and looks like shit when you eat it. And yes, I used that analogy. I’m not changing it. Fuck you very much.

A booty with stretch marks and scars is a beautiful thing and nothing to be ashamed of – at least that’s what I took the line to be. I took it be a quick shout out to women who aren’t perfect. At the very fucking least, I viewed it as a preference (I mean damn, we are allowed to have those, right?).

But of course, not everyone took it that way.

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Why Jay-Z Is The GOAT

But thinking about this from a logical point of a view and not from an emotional point of view, you can argue that the greatest to ever rock a mic is, in fact, from the Roc itself.

Few – if any people – mention Jay in their conclusions. Which is unfortunate because let’s be all the way real here, Jay possesses all of the attributes that all of the previously mentioned rappers can use to claim their own spots in Hip Hop greatness. And that says a whole damn lot.

He has the timelessness of Rakim. The storytelling of Nas. The influence of Tupac. The Brooklyn swagger of Biggie. The rhyme skills of Eminem. Not to mention he is business savvy as fuck. And while I wouldn’t choose Jay-Z as my personal favorite rapper of all-time (My mancrush is on Nas), looking at everything and really thinking about what “the greatest” means…I gotta go ahead and give that shit to Jay-Z’s cameltoe faced ass.

Hip Hop is a culture of eras. Just like any culture really. And each era has called for artists to change with the times and to do so flawlessly or run the risk of falling into the pit of irrelevance riddled with corn-filled dipshittery. Jay has been able to span these times by simply being able to morph and adapt to the new heads that enter the game rather than heavily critique them and make enemies out of their followers.

Being one of the founders of the most influential rap labels of the time doesn’t hurt either. And even though Roc-a-fella was on top then, Jay was wise enough to know that they wouldn’t be on top forever, and thus he began to position himself for moving beyond the Roc. So when Dame Dash faltered under the pressure of his own hyper aggressive management-style, Jay-Z rested comfortably on the lifeboat he had built for himself and became captain of the Dej Jam ship.

Was it dirty? Maybe. But it was more business than anything. Survival really. And Dame Dash being a businessman…a businessman that branded his own label on street survival to be exact, should have been wise enough to see it coming and protect himself from it. Instead, he got hoodwinked by his own business partner and I can’t really fault Jay for it at all. It was smart. Clever. It was simply some brilliant shit.

See. You have to understand that everything about Jay is carefully calculated. Even his wife.

And I’m sure he loves Beyoncé and all, but what better public relations move can you make other than marrying the top female artist in the game? His influence is so great that he was able to win the heart of what many would consider the baddest chick out there. And he does this without being anywhere near a so-called “sex symbol.” In fact, he’s closer to being a baby camel than a Hip Hop sex symbol.

Jay always had the skills on the mic though too. He couldn’t always rest on his ability to play chess in a game of Hip Hop checkers. And while many may say that Eminem roasted him on his own shit, the truth is that Jay-Z’s verse on “Renegade” goes just as hard and in no form or fashion should any real head actually think Em out-performed him. You simply have to concede that when Jay-Z is needed to show up and show out on a track, he never lets you down. How can that not be great?

So in the end, it’s all mathematics really. Add all this shit up and there isn’t anyone that you can say that does really well at everything in this thing we call Hip Hop. There’s one person out there that has the potential to go at the crown, but I’m going to keep that person’s name to myself and save it for another conversation. The point is this: considering all things, Sean Carter is the greatest to ever do this. I know your heart wants to give it to someone else like Pac or Rakim, but the truth is Jay is a spectacular combination of all of our favorite rappers ever into one single emcee.

If that isn’t greatness, I don’t know WTF is.

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I Used To Love H.I.M.

I’ve always been a fanatic of Kanye West’s music – going all the way back to The College Dropout.

It seemed like an obvious match looking hindsight at it all. I was producing music. He was too. I’m from Chicago. He’s from Chicago too. I’m from the southside. He’s from the southside too. I mean, he is like the classic American success story: as long as you hustle your ass off and believe in yourself – anything is possible, even a 69 between a little person and a full-grown person (but that’s another story).

I didn’t actually become a fan of Kanye West the personality until a little while later, however. I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it was that made me say, “You know what? I really like this dude. Hell, he can come over on Thanksgiving and fuck my sister!” I just know that by the time 808s and Heartbreak hit the scene and confused the living shit out of everyone in Hip Hop, I had a become a huge fan of Kanye West the personality too.

For me, it was about someone completely and happily basking in their originality. It was about H.I.M. completely owning his weirdness. It was about H.I.M. being what Hip Hop needed to move the culture forward…as every Hip Hop era has needed. And yes. It was about H.I.M. being one cocky ass motherfucker.

But Kanye never said anything that he truly didn’t believe and that is what made H.I.M so popular and his music that much more intriguing. He didn’t just bark what you wanted to hear. He said what you needed to hear.

Sadly, something has changed, though. He’s not the Kanye West that I proudly invited over to fuck my sister so many years ago.

I don’t want to blame any of it on anyone else because people should take ownership for their own damn direction in their lives. But one can’t help but suspect that a lot of this “ain’t-shittery” happened after he made Kim Kardashian his ol’ ball & chain.

I won’t dare say someone as strong personality-wise as Ye would ever be influenced by someone like Kim, but I will say that he has fallen victim to one of the worst kind of poisons to ever affect human beings since Adam & Eve used to go together: the need for some kind, any kind of relevancy.

Much like his wife, it seems that Kanye is willing to say and do anything just to grab a punk ass headline.  After all, negative publicity is still publicity as the saying goes, but this kind of strategic celeb lifestyle simply does not work well for H.I.M. It completely destroys the cult of personality he created over the early course of his career.

And while I can say that I’m probably always going to enjoy Kanye’s music, I think the time has finally come to say I am no longer a fan of Kanye West the Attention Seeking Assdick.

From the whole robbery debacle (which I truly believe was a publicity stunt) to now him claiming that he would have voted for Trump – I am sooo literally done with dude.

For someone that so matter-of-factly said that George Bush doesn’t give a good fuck about black people, there’s no way he can be honest in the fact that he would have cast a mothafucking vote for someone that professed bigotry as much as Donald Trump.

No way. No how.

Therefore, he’s only saying this shit to be a talking point in the news cycle. And I’m all like, “Why, Kanye, why?!?” like some heartbroken fuckstick that should have known all along that Ye would become a twat.

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Biggie Will NEVER Be The GOAT

I’m going to be skewered for this. I already know it. But the best fucking part of it all is that I don’t care. The fact of the matter is someone has to say what a shit ton of people out there are already thinking and have been thinking since the very first GOAT nominations have been unofficially handed out by Hip Hop Heads.

And that is: The Notorious B.I.G. is not a GOAT.

I preface my argument with the fact that I’m one of the biggest Biggie Smalls fans that there ever was. I fucking love him. In fact, the very first rap album I ever bought was a cassette version of the Ready To Die LP from Diana Mall in the south Chicagoland area (Note: First album I bought with my own money, not first record I owned, which was Bigger and Deffer). And trust me, I played that damn tape non-stop. I played that shit until the actual tape part of it thinned out and snapped on me in mid-verse of my improvised performance of “Unbelievable” in my bathroom.

So as this big ass fan of Christopher Wallace himself, I believe I am well within my rights to point out that BIG’s status as one greatest of all-time to ever do this is, quite frankly, undeserved. Feel free to throw your tomatoes and any other assorted fruits and veggies at me now.

This grand proclamation of mine has little to do with his ability and skill level nor does it have anything to do with his fan-base. It’s not a matter of secret hate for Big Poppa either. The reality is it’s all just a matter of Biggie’s discography being small as fuck.

That’s it. That’s what it comes down to.

If we’re keeping it all the way real, BIG has only two studio albums to his credit from when he was alive (Both all-time greats in themselves). Compared to other GOATS in the conversation, Biggie’s discography is extremely small and simply doesn’t compete with the amount of work that’s been put out by Tupac or Rakim or Jay-Z or Nas or any other favorite you’d like to toss in the ring. And if we’re being fair, we wouldn’t dare bestow the same kind of respect to a contemporary artist with the same amount of work of also an exceptional skill level.

Imagine if people were calling Kendrick Lamar or J. Cole GOATs. Heads would lose their damn mind.

The fact of the matter is that Biggie has a few things going for him that raise his visibility and therefore, raises his status in the eyes of many Hip Hop heads. And since we’re human, we can easily be affected by them. But we have to be aware of them in order to not fall for their trancing effect on our common damn sense.

For one, the nigga is dead. And I hate to say it like that because I don’t mean any kind of disrespect, but it’s true. Biggie’s life was tragically cut short thus leaving us only to ponder and appreciate the works he did create even more. Face it, there’s something about dead celebs that creates a special cult of personality – and that cult of personality definitely applies to Biggie, just as it applies to Aaliyah, Eazy-E, Tupac, and many others – which brings me to my next point.

Biggie will be forever linked with Tupac not only because of their untimely deaths happening so close to each other or perhaps even because of one another, but also because of their well-publicized beef that boiled over into a media-created “East Coast vs West Coast” rivalry that had common fans choosing sides – usually based on geographic location. It’s a major point of Hip Hop history and this urban legend also contributes to the cult of personality of not just BIG, but Tupac as well. We simply have to be privy to how it affects our fondness for either dead homie.

And what may be the most important point, Biggie is from the mythic Golden Age of Hip Hop that nobody wants to seem to let die. His death marked the end of “Boom Bap” rap.

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